Easy Patio Table Crystals Project

When sunlight catches patio table crystals, they show rainbow colors. (Suncana, Flickr)
When sunlight catches patio table crystals,
they show rainbow colors. (Suncana, Flickr)

If you have a glass table and a sunny day you can paint your tabletop with non-toxic crystals in a flash. It’s an easy crystal-growing project, safe for kids and pets.

You can use any crystal growing solution, but I recommend using the following recipe:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

Mix the salt, vinegar, and water. This solution is non-toxic. This is important, since your pets might help (mine did), kids will want to touch the crystals, and there is a good chance you will end up washing the solution onto your porch or yard.

Start with a little pool of solution on the table. Crystals may form immediately when the liquid strikes the glass or you may see ‘glitter’ appear in the drops as the solution starts to evaporate. If you like, you can coat the entire table with the solution. When you are done playing, definitely break out the garden hose, since salt solution could corrode the metal on your table if left there indefinitely.

The rate of evaporation will affect the size of the crystals. Fast evaporation will yield numerous tiny crystals. Slower evaporation (cooler temperatures, higher humidity) will produce larger crystals. Have fun!

Another Patio Table Crystals Recipe

Another simple recipe that produces quick crystals is Epsom salt dissolved in hot water. Take a bit of Epsom salt and add hot water so that the solid mostly dissolves. It’s okay if there is a little solid material. Epsom salt is fine for plants, so rinsing a bit into your yard won’t cause any harm.